Piano By Nature Presents Intimate Sophistication at Historic Hand House

SophisticatedLadies_PBN7:00 pm • Saturday, November 4th 2017
3:00 pm • Sunday, November 5th 2017
Historic Hand House, Elizabethtown, NY

It can’t go without saying that if you’re in the immediate Capital Region on Saturday, you’ll want to check out the first Empire State Youth Orchestra‘s (ESYO) concert of the 2017-18 season which has the Youth Orchestra teaming up with pianist Jeffrey Biegel to perform the New York premiere of the newest composition from legendary musical satirist P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742). Entitled, The Simply Grand Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, the piece was commissioned by ESYO and orchestras around the nation and features Peter Schickele’s characteristic laugh-out-loud humor and inventive playing. Rumor has it… there may even be an appearance by P.D.Q. himself! click here for concert details.

But, as you probably are aware by now, that I have a thing for new music and unusual repertoire showcased alongside the well-tested and familiar. And like to feature the working women in music. This is most certainly what you’ll find up north closer to where the Hudson River begins. The Piano By Nature (PBN) concert series nestled in the Adirondacks turn 10 this season. Spearheaded by Artistic Director pianist Rose Chancler, they continue their decade of intimate concert presentation in the parlor of the Historic Hand House in Elizabethtown as only they can… with a program that includes a collaboration of incredible artists and unique instruments. A kind of art-music jam with some of the brightest and best professional, regional musicians from previous PBN concerts.

This program, entitled “Sophisticated Ladies” features the wonderful talents of New Russia violist Patricia McCarty, Chazy trombonist Lori Salimando-Porter, Boston-based cellist Julia Lichten, and Westport pianist Rose Chancler. The program will include an eclectic mix of composers, eras, and styles including some known and some lesser-known works:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven — With Two Eyeglasses Obligato, WoO.32
  • John Hawkins — Shadows for Viola, Trombone and Piano
  • Robert Schumann — Three Fantasy Pieces for ‘cello and Piano, Op. 73
  • Vincent Persichetti — Serenade No. 6, Op. 44 for trombone, viola and ‘cello
  • Astor Piazzolla — Oblivion for trombone, ‘cello and piano
  • Rebecca Clarke — Untitled for viola and piano
  • Reynaldo HahnSolioque et Forlane for viola and piano
  • Michael DavisMission Red for trombone and tape
  • Duke EllingtonSophisticated Lady

If you’re up north … I hope you’ll get take in this terrific program! Piano By Nature is presenting two concerts:  one Saturday evening at 7:00 pm and one Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm. Tickets ($15 per adult / $5 for 15-and-under) can be purchased at the door.

Regardless of where you are … Happy Musicking this weekend!

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